Thanksgiving and Other Fall Fun in 4R

We have been having lots of Thanksgiving fun lately, and even though it is officially December now, I thought it would be nice to share what we’ve been up to during the month of November.

One of my favorite traditions are our “Thankful Cups”.  Every year, the students decorate their turkey cup, and we hang it on the “Oh Give Thanks” bulletin board.  Then, each day in November, we hand out two thankful slips, each with the phrase “I am thankful for ______ because…” written at the top.  Each child has slips with their name on them, and everyone in the class gets to write a reason why they are thankful for their classmate!  At the end of the month, before Thanksgiving, everyone gets their cup back, and they all get to read their slips together in class.  It is always so neat to see the smiles on the students’ faces as they read what their classmates say about them, even if they aren’t signed.

We also did a Thanksgiving themed Main Idea & Details review.  Students read a fact card about Native Americans, then showed their knowledge of Main Idea & Details by writing the main idea on their turkey’s body, with the supporting details on the feathers.  Informative, and also SUPER cute!!

To review multiplication and division facts, we did a Thanksgiving color-by-number.


And for even more fall fun, in Art class this month we learned about Warm and Cool colors, which were displayed nicely on our fall leaves!

I’m sad to see Fall go, but am excited to enter into December and all of the Christmas fun that comes with it!!  (Not to mention some other exciting projects and units as well.  Stay tuned!!)

Thanksgiving Thankful Turkeys 2014

Tuesday, just two days before Thanksgiving, we had a wonderful afternoon reading through our “thankful slips” that we had written for each other.  This was an activity we started at the beginning of November.  We decorated our cups to look like turkeys, and each day throughout the month, we took a few minutes to choose two slips and write about why we were thankful for those two students.  By the end of the month, everyone in the class had a chance to think and write about why they were thankful for each of their classmates.  It was quite the uplifting afternoon once we finally had the chance to read them.  Lots of smiles and hugs were shared that afternoon.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all, and I pray we can remember all those things we were thankful for in each of our classmates as the year continues.











‘Tis the Season…

…for being busy!  My apologies for not updating in so long!  We have much to talk about!!

Let’s see, where to start…well, just before Thanksgiving break, a few weeks ago, we got to read through the slips in our Thankful Cups that we made at the beginning of November.  It was neat to see why our classmates were thankful for us, and it was a nice way to kick off Thanksgiving week.



We also had some fun in Science class before break.  Students had the option of doing an extra credit project where they designed a vehicle that would carry a large amount of cargo.  There were quite a few different vehicles that came in, and each was able to carry the cargo along the course without losing any of the contents.  Once each vehicle completed the course, we discussed the best features of each vehicle, and helped give positive suggestions for improvement if the student were to redesign their vehicles.  It was a lot of fun to see all of the creativity that went into these designs.




After Thanksgiving break, we promptly switched gears for the month of December.  Christmas program practices are underway, we are in the midst of a Greek Mythology study with the other class (stay tuned for a future update on that unit!), and, of course, we had to decorate the classroom!  The first Tuesday back after break we spent the afternoon making ornaments with the other 4th grade class.  Half of us were making ornaments while the other half had an additional Greek Mythology lesson.  Then, halfway through, we switched groups.  This worked out great for ornament stations, and the Greek activities were really interesting as well!!

Here are our classroom Christmas decorations, all ready for the season:





The students also painted some gorgeous nativity scenes in Art class last week.  Jesus truly is the reason for the season!!



A Thankful November…Completed!

Today we were thankful for the last two students in our class, which means we were able to take down our thankful turkey cups and read what our classmates wrote about us.


Our completed board!  🙂

This was such a great project, as it really taught us to think the best about everyone in our class.  Even if you’re not best of friends, there is always something to be thankful for!  🙂

Happy Thanksgiving from 4R and Miss Renzelmann!!  🙂


Thankful November

Throughout the month of November, we are going to be recognizing 1-2 students per day and writing down something about them that we are thankful for.  These thankful slips will then be stored in each student’s thankful turkey cup on our bulletin board.  At the end of the month, students will get their cups back, and will be able to read all of the things their classmates are thankful for about them.  Happy Thankful November!!  🙂